Updates from Monday, May 26
The Tigers confirmed Miguel Cabrera's status for today's game:
#Tigers lineup at OAK: Davis LF Jackson CF Cabrera 1B V. Martinez DH Hunter RF Castellanos 3B Holaday C Worth 2B Romine SS Smyly P— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) May 26, 2014
MLB.com's Jason Beck reported the news:
Right hamstring cramp for Miguel Cabrera, according to #Tigers. He's day-to-day.— Jason Beck (@beckjason) May 25, 2014
Cabrera served as the designated hitter at Comerica Park and recorded one hit in three at-bats and also drew a walk before leaving the diamond. This doesn't seem to be too alarming of a situation for the two-time reigning American League MVP, as it appears precautionary more than anything. Given the lopsided nature of Sunday's outcome, it made even more sense to remove Cabrera from the field.
James Schmehl of MLive.com expressed concern about Cabrera's status amid an underwhelming home performance from Detroit:
From worse to worse. Miguel Cabrera is exiting the game in the seventh. He was spotted grabbing his hamstring. This isn't good.— James Schmehl (@jamesschmehl) May 25, 2014
Following the game, Cabrera talked about the hamstring with Matthew B. Mowery of The Oakland Press:
Miggy says he feels better. Was just a cramp. Doesn't know where came from— Matthew B. Mowery (@matthewbmowery) May 25, 2014
The Tigers have every reason to be cautious with Cabrera—292 million to be exact, as that was the total amount of dollars included in his contract extension signed before the 2014 season.
It was something Cabrera desired to get done so he could conclude his playing days with the franchise.
"I was never thinking about going to free agency and signing with another team," said Cabrera after the deal was done, per ESPN.com's Jayson Stark. "I was thinking I want to be here. I want to stay here. I want to be a Tiger. ... I'm thankful because I want to finish my career here."
Entering Sunday, the Tigers were well out in front in the American League Central division, so it's better for this injury to Cabrera, however minor it might be, to happen earlier in the season rather than later. Expectations are high in Detroit as the club has made the ALCS the past three years without a World Series title to show for it.
Under first-year manager Brad Ausmus, the start has been good, but the pressure will increase as the year progresses, and Cabrera will be counted on to lead the way with his massive new contract in tow. Cabrera, 31, is having a stellar season so far, and this setback shouldn't prove to be too severe for neither him nor the team for more than a few games.